What Jesus Did! 'Welcome Them In!' — Luke 9:47-48

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Jesus knew what they were thinking. So Jesus took a little child and stood the child beside him. Then Jesus said to the followers, "If a person accepts a little child like this in my name, then that person accepts me. And when a person accepts me, that person accepts the One (God) that sent me. The person among you that is the most humble—that person is a great (important) person."
— Luke 9:47-48
Illustration of Luke 9:47-48 — "If a person accepts a little child like this in my name, then that person accepts me."

Key Thought

Jesus turns the whole discussion of greatness upside down. Instead of greatness being determined by status, position, and having others wait upon you, greatness is determined by serving those whom others don't see as important. In Jesus' day, associating with children was considered a waste of time by important people. The child becomes a symbol of those viewed as unimportant—only insignificant people spend their crucial time on kids not their own. However, Jesus says that a truly important Kingdom person is going to find the left out, the forgotten, and the neglected as well as welcome and serve them rather than trying to name drop and hang around with the "in crowd." Greatness is about serving, not about status!

Today's Prayer

Father, give me a heart to welcome those who are left out, overlooked, and forgotten in my world. Please humble me gently so that I am not so full of myself that I won't help others in need and associate with those whom the world might not value. Make me more like your Son. I pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

All the people were amazed at the great power of God. The people were still amazed about all the things Jesus did. Jesus said to his followers, "Don't forget the things I will tell you now: The Son of Man will soon be given into the control of some men." But the followers did not understand what Jesus meant. The meaning was hidden from them so that they could not understand it. But the followers were afraid to ask Jesus about what he said. Jesus' followers began to have an argument about which one of them was the greatest (most important). Jesus knew what they were thinking. So Jesus took a little child and stood the child beside him. Then Jesus said to the followers, "If a person accepts a little child like this in my name, then that person accepts me. And when a person accepts me, that person accepts the One (God) that sent me. The person among you that is the most humble—that person is a great (important) person." John answered, "Master, we saw a person using your name to force demons out of people. We told him to stop because he does not belong to our group." Jesus said to John, "Don't stop him. If a person is not against you, then he is for you."

Luke 9:43-50

Related Scripture Readings

Later the apostles began to argue about which one of them was the most important. But Jesus said to them, "The kings of the world rule over their people. Men who have authority over other people make the people call them 'great helpers {of the people}.' But you must not be like that. The greatest person should become like the youngest person! Leaders should be like servants. Who is more important: the person sitting at the table or the person serving him? You think the person sitting at the table is more important. But I am like a servant among you!

Luke 22:24-27

Christ accepted you. So you should accept each other. This will bring glory to God.

Romans 15:7

Live together in peace with each other. Don't be proud. Be willing to be friends with people who are not important to other people. Don't be conceited.

Romans 12:16

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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